“A stellar handful of songs”
at the fundraiser in Nashville

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires delivered a stellar handful of songs, as did Chicago blues singer Shemekia Copeland, before longtime Thistle Farms advocate Reba McEntire, backed by an acoustic band, closed the evening. In between performers, graduates and current members of Thistle Farms programs shared their own powerful stories with the audience. […]

In 1997, Becca Stevens founded Thistle Farms to help women survivors of prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Two decades later, the Nashville-based nonprofit is a nationally recognized organization making an impact on women around the globe with its philosophy “love heals.”

By Juli Thanki, after Shemekia’s performance at the fundraiser for Thistle Farms on Wednesday, May 3, at the Ryman in Nashville, Tennessee.

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